Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 

The goal of this site is to provide all parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS

REVERSE HALLOWEEN PARADE:
 Thursday, October 30th between 4:30pm and 5:30pm, drive through the WoES parking lot.  Teachers and staff will be standing around the WoES lot, making it a reverse parade.  You can dress up in costume, your car could be dressed in costume, and you can see teachers and staff (some might even be dressed in costume). Since times are by grade, you will probably see your classmates while entering and leaving Roundhill Rd. Multiple students? Pick one time, or drive through all.

POSTER CONTEST: The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is holding an elementary school poster contest. The contest is open to all Howard County elementary school students and the deadline to submit is October 30, 2020. Please visit HERE for more information.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:
 Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling will be open on November 13, 2020...Parent teacher conferences will take place on November 23 and 24 with some conferences on November 25. Information about how to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences can be found here.

SCHEDULES FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING:  The 2020-2021 virtual instruction model provides students with, on average, 3 hours of synchronous learning with their teachers four days each week. The remaining instructional time is designated for students to complete asynchronous learning activities and assignments. (2020-2021 Virtual Instruction Schedules)

RELATED ARTS:
 Over the next few weeks, the Related Arts team will be adjusting due dates for asynchronous assignments so that they will be more spread out over the course of the 5 week Related Arts cycle. This will ensure that asynchronous assignments will appear in students’ “To-Do” lists closer to the actual dates that the assignments should be completed. Look for more information in announcements from Related Arts teachers in the coming weeks.

NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR: 
This month's edition of the Elementary School Counseling Newsletter is available to view: The School Counseling Connection Newsletter. This month’s edition features information on Cyberbullying Prevention, fun read-alouds to enjoy with your child, and coping skills to support student well-being. Please reach out to Julia Southern if you need additional support or visit her canvas page.

FREE & REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM:  HCPSS will provide meals at NO COST to any HCPSS student and all children under 18 through the entire school year, assuming continued availability of USDA funding. Click here to learn more or to applyNOTE:  The free Grab-N-Go summer meals program has been extended through the end of the 2020-2021 school year

FACE TO FACE GROUPS:
 
In the coming weeks, HCPSS will begin providing face-to-face support to small groups of students. Identified students and staff have been invited to complete an interest 
survey. If you did not receive a survey, it is because your child has not yet been identified for in-person support. For more information, click link on HCPSS In-Person Support initiative or reach out to Ann Scholz from the Office of Special Education Compliance, Non-Public Services, and Family Support.





COMMUNITY NEWS

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION:
The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Foods and Feed America, and we have received a grant to distribute boxes of food that contain 36 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat. The boxes will be distributed beginning at 10:00 am on Saturdays during the month of October at Ducketts Lane Elementary School.

WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4570+Roundhill+Rd,+Ellicott+City,+MD+21043/@39.244847,-76.795252,12z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c81fc6e3ce9b11:0x829c12b3cc4d16aa!8m2!3d39.2448833!4d-76.7952623?hl=en-US

BE IN THE KNOW! 
Stay up-to-date on activities and events and stay connected. 

STAY CONNECTED
https://www.facebook.com/WOESPTA/ https://twitter.com/HCPSS
Next Meeting: November 10, 2020 6:30-7:30PM
Location: Zoom Meeting

AGENDA: Meeting agenda will be posted via Google Doc. We will be adding to soon.


ZOOM LINK: TBD
Time: November 10, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time
Meeting ID: TBD
Passcode: woespta

[remember: you can use your child’s chromebook if you “join with browser”]


ATTENDANCE: 
Active student participation is the key to student achievement, both in the classroom
and during distance learning. Teachers will design engaging lessons and activities,
both for virtual live classes and online assignments. Regular participation is
essential for student growth, and students are expected to engage in learning
activities every week. Student attendance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday instruction will occur
as follows:

● At the elementary level, both the Homeroom teacher and Mathematics teacher
will take attendance, noting whether students were present online for
synchronous instruction.
● Daily attendance will be based on teacher-recorded attendance for the entire
school day.
● If there is a technical difficulty, a student may submit asynchronous work for a
particular day to receive credit for attendance.
Student attendance for Wednesday instruction will occur as follows:
● A student will be counted as present if they do one or more of the following
since the previous Wednesday:
○ Submit an assignment to one of their teachers
○ Engage in synchronous instruction with an HCPSS teacher
○ Complete work in the Canvas learning management system, DreamBox
or Lexia Core5

If your child is absent, please send a note explaining the absence to this email address: WoESAttendance@hcpss.org


  

Please contact WoES' School Nurse at 410-313-2575.

PTA NEWS
PTA FUNDING:
PTA memberships also support our parents organizations, while direct donations stay local to WoES. If you want to have the most direct impact on WoES PTA, we recommend the direct donation through our website.


HCPSS NEWS
2020/2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR: Please ensure you have the latest calendar updates. The 2020-2021 school calendar was modified, making Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the first student day and with school staff returning on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Spring break will be shortened to April 2–6, 2021, and the last scheduled day of school is June 15, 2021 with possible inclement weather days after that date. 

HCPSS SCHOOL MESSENGER/CANVAS/SYNERGY REPORTING FORMS: If you are having issues receiving HCPSS district/school emails and/or text messaging please use this new form for reporting your issues regarding emails/text messages not being delivered. If you are experiencing issues with Canvas/Synergy messages, please complete this form. 

SCHOOL DIRECTORY INFORMATION: Parents/guardians who have completed their Family File can now access their school directory in HCPSS Connect. The directory will display only the information that parents select when completing Family File. The directory will update daily as families complete Family File or change their information. To access the directory for your school, log in to HCPSS Connect and select Family File/School Directory in the left menu, and then School Directory. Information in the directory is for personal use only and may not be distributed, sold or shared in any way. Parents who do not wish to be included in the directory should update their Family File permissions.

REPORT CARDS: HCPSS has a new-style learning behavior report card. Furthermore, HCPSS has aligned the elementary interim progress report for first quarter and students and parents will see the new learning behaviors on progress reports as well as report cards. Please refer to this website while reading the progress report and/or report card:  https://www.hcpss.org/academics/learning-behaviors/


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LOCAL BUSINESSES
Do you own or work for a local business? The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.